Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The nylon wrapper and hair ball Chick leaves on the floor suggests:

2. Billy Boy was:

3. Lenny's birthday gift turns out to be a box of candy, which suggests:

4. Meg's remark, "We're getting so old," offends Lenny because:

5. What secret does Babe reveal about Lenny to Meg?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Lenny and Babe feel at the start of Act III?

2. What is significant about the fact that the play begins on Lennie's birthday?

3. Chick is presented as "too big" for her pantyhose, and her hairstyle threatens to become too big also. What does this bigness suggest about her character?

4. Chick's return visit forces what to happen?

5. Who is Billy Boy and what does he represent?

6. What is ironic about Chick's list of crimes the Magrath's are responsible for?

7. Why is Barnette willing to give up his vendetta?

8. Why are Lenny and Babe laughing about Old Granddaddy's stroke?

9. Why is Meg easily comforted by Barnette's sacrifice, while Babe is not?

10. What kind of relationship did Babe have with Zackery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the information the girls share about Old Granddaddy, make a case for his influence in their lives as unparalleled. Use evidence from the text to support for your assertions.

Essay Topic 2

Henley's characters are motivated by any number of factors--fear, pity, duty, love. Choose any character or characters whose motivations seem to drive the play and write an essay in which you argue the significance of these motivations.

Essay Topic 3

Lee Smith "The biggest myth about Southern women is that we are frail types--fainting on our sofas...nobody where I grew up every acted like that. We were about as fragile as coal trucks." Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify this statement using the text as support for your argument.

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